Bring Lionel Richie's Head to Bestival
This year we’d like to see you with Lionel Richie’s Head. Not on a stick, or a teapot, but on a giant balloon. To get his head on the Bestival line-up, we need your help on Kickstarter. Artists Hungry Castle’s dream is to bring a giant inflatable sculpture of Lionel Richie’s Head to Bestival. At the core of his head lies a telephone. Once a Bestivaler goes inside Lionel’s head to answer it, they hear Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
Head over to the Kickstarter page now: to read about the project, the rewards available to anyone who pledgers and to find out how you can back this incredible project!
Southampton HMS Bestival Boat Party - Saturday 8th June
With our nautical but nice theme, we absolutely had to have a boat party and sailor boys and sailor girls have we got a party in store for you that you will not want to miss! Get your HMS fancy dress on and lose yourselves with us as set sail on Saturday 8th June. There’s a pre-party boat and an afterparty at one of Southampton’s newest and best party venues in the heart of Bedford Place, RoXX.
They will be bringing a whole heap of musical talent for the boat so expect sunshine, the usual Bestival vibes and more on the HMS Bestival boat party extravaganza! Oh, and best fancy dress wins a pair of tickets to Bestival too so you know what to do!
DUKE DUMONT (BOAT PARTY + AFTERPARTY SET)
The first artist to join us for the Bestival launch party proceedings is the hugely talented and on ever on form Duke Dumont. Born the son of a record dealer in NW London, Duke Dumont had a great founding in the crate digging community, rocking the 1′s and 2s from an early age. Rising through the ranks at formidable speed, winning the Diesel U:Music award in 2006, signing to Tiga’s Turbo Recordings in 2007, and releasing an excellent Fabriclive album in 2010, he has been progressing his skills as an excellent producer and DJ with a long list of accolades to date.
Fast forward to 2013 and things have exploded for the Duke, with his biggest release to date “Need U (100%)” becoming an instant summer anthem. It was such a smash it rose to #1 in the UK singles chart with ease and opened up his slick productions to a whole new audience. We can’t wait for the Duke to hit the decks on the Bestival launch party!
The HMS Bestival party boat, on the Ocean Scene, will be open for boarding at Southampton’s Ocean Village at 7.30pm and set sail from 9pm-1am. The afterparty will be hosted at RoXX in Southampton’s Bedford Place from 10pm-4am with boat party goers encouraged to carry on the night in fine Bestival party style!
LINEUP: Duke Dumont, JFB, Tythe, Ridney, Cholombian, Bitr8, Little Chief, Aron and Mr. Fox
VENUE: The Ocean Scene (Blue Funnel Cruises), Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3FJ
LINEUP: Duke Dumont, Gary Bennetton, Dan reid, Themagen plus VJ Dry Mouth
VENUE: RoXX, 21 Lower Bannister Street, Southampton, SO15 2EJ
DATE: Saturday 8th June 2013
PRICE: ￡27.50 BOAT + AFTER PARTY / ￡11 AFTER PARTY ONLY (inc. booking fees)
The Bestival Take Over Tour with Propaganda
We’re hitting the road! The Bestival Take Over Tour is heading to Propaganda club nights up and down the country, bringing the festival mayhem to Reading, London, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford! It’ll be a festival frenzy each night with nautical themed fancy dress, chance to win HMS Bestival tickets and musical delights. Head over here for advance tickets and more info.
More new live music & DJs added
With the recent news that our Friday headliner will be party starter extraordinaire Fatboy Slim playing a very special Bestival Birthday Bash set, our triumvirate of amazing must-see headliners is complete as he joins the previously announced Elton John and Snoop Dogg. And now, Bestival HQ’s attention turn to adding yet more incredible new live music and DJs to the mammoth line-up. Scooping the Best Major Festival award last year yet retaining our boutique sensibilities, Bestival’s spectacular 10th birthday this September 5th-8th is going to be the greatest show on earth with more fun per square meter than you’ll find anywhere else; it’s absolutely unmissable!
Rob da Bank says: “HMS Bestival is well and truly under way, steaming across the high seas picking up even more musical passengers. Crystal fighters are Bestival stalwarts and about to go stratospheric, Jon Hopkins has made one of the electronic albums of the year and no party is a Bestival party without Hudson Mohawke and The Correspondents…all aboard you crazy landlubbers!”
We’re very pleased to announce that Crystal Fighters are among our latest litany of vital new acts that are getting us all hot under the collar. With one of the most incredible and visceral live shows around they’re a truly mind-blowing experience that you’d be mad to miss. With their second album Cave Rave out this week, the band are fully charged and ready to rain down their unique brand of mayhem on the Bestival crowd, making our 10th birthday bash that bit more special.
But that’s not all as we’ll also have live sets from sometime King Creosote cohort and purveyor of epic, widescreen bliss Jon Hopkins, everybody’s favourite raconteur, Howard Marks, bass driven swingers The Correspondents, Memphis soulstress Valerie June (whose debut album, Pushin’ Against a Stone is out now on our sister label Sunday Best), much fancied aural architect East India Youth, Sunday Best’s secret weapon Tythe, Phil Kieran showcasing his psychedelic song-craft with new project Le Carousel, new voice of the people Sean McGowan, driving post-harcore force Signals, spectral acoustic electronic types Golden Fable, the Isle of Wight’s own Cherishport, acoustic soloist Sarah Close, Essex songsmiths New City Kings, alt-folk Mancunians The Slow Show, hotly tipped B-Towners Troumaca, alt-pop rockers Velvet Stream, Bestival’s Island choral competition winners Wight Harmony Barber Shop and indie-banger-pop from Mr Tom.
Keeping your feet moving long into the night will be an array of on-point selectors including Hudson Mohawke whose production prowess is so in demand he’s currently rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kayne West. An undoubted wonky genius who channels a seemingly endless array of goodtime grooves from hip-hop, dub, future RnB, downright dirty funk and beyond into a seamless dancefloor decimating spectacle, Hudson is working on the follow up to his acclaimed Butter long-player and we can’t wait to see what wild new alloy of sounds he has in store for us.
We’ll also have sets from Hacienda legend Greg Wilson, Jungle don Micky Finn, glitchy eletrofunk wunderkind Bobby Tank and the incredible JFB Scratch who recently mixed up a decade of Bestival goodness for us which you can watch here. Plus we’ll have Continental Drifts’ Chris Tofu, party destroyer Handsome Dave Rocker, beatbox champion Reeps One, Heavenly records’ sublime Heavenly Jukebox, the previously mentioned Tythe rocking his Intros/Outros look, rave historian Jerome Hill, deep and warm techno fiend Ben Hoo, Bestival Island DJ competition winner Longjack, old skool electro disco chameleon Mojo Filter, Portsmouth’s Pete Callard, the genre-defying Rev Milo Speedwagon, house maestro Tom Williams, London DJ collective Warm, radio supremo Olli Dutton and eclectic mix warriors The Dudes.
Finally, we’re very sorry to say that The Child Of Lov has cancelled all of his summer dates, so he won’t be joining us at Bestival as previously announced. Never fear, however, there’s still a truckload of ace stuff happening across the weekend, so hopefully no one will be too put out!
Immerse yourself in the Line-up section over here where you can read, listen, watch and learn all about the amazing live acts, DJs and everything else coming to Bestival 2013.
HMS Bestival sets sail to Ibiza for W.A.R!
In the spirit of nautical adventuring, this August, HMS Bestival will be visiting another beautiful Island to bring the sea faring party to W.A.R! at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Rob da Bank will have the Balearic beats on hand on Friday 16th August for the HMS Bestival x W.A.R! Ship voyage in the afternoon, then back on the island at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, the main event will take place in the form of a festival fuelled royal knees-up with Jaguar Skills, Shy FX and other special guests jumping aboard the decks for the first ever HMS Bestival x W.A.R! event. Head over here for more information and tickets.
Fatboy Slim's Bestival Birthday Bash
OUR FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINER REVEALED!
Featuring 10 fields of wonderment and 20 stages filled with amazing music, insane sideshows and magical happenings, Bestival’s spectacular 10th birthday bash this September 5th-8th is set to be nothing short of EPIC.
Celebrating those 10 years for all they’re worth, we’ve already got a musical line-up that’s second to none, with headline appearances from Elton John and Snoop Dogg, sets from MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Flaming Lips, The Knife, Wu-Tang Clan, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Annie Mac Presents, and so many more. Plus we’ve got jaw-dropping attractions like our amazing new arena The Port, Films in the Forest, World Music Day on the Bandstand, The Wishing Tree, Swamp Shack and The Grand Palace of Entertainment, and now we are mind-blowingly excited to announce our crowd slaying Friday night headliner!
Rob da Bank says: “I still can’t believe Bestival is gonna be ten… but it is and that’s great cos it means we get to go even more mental with our onsite creations and general madness. We wanted to have a big moment for all our amazing crew and the beautiful Bestivalites whether they’ve been with us for the last decade or even just this year so we went back to one of our headliners from the first year and someone who’s supported us since our early days in clubland. Yes ladies and gents, boys and girls roll up roll up for what will be the biggest spectacle in UK festival land as we unveil Fatboy Slim’s Bestival Birthday Bash”.
Fatboy Slim says: “It was at Glastonbury 2003 where I closed the Sunday Best stage for Rob da Bank that I first saw the glint in his eye to create his own festival. 12 months later I was headlining Bestival and TEN years on, here I am again, throwing them the biggest birthday bash possible and sharing the main stage alongside Elton John and Snoop Dogg. It’s an absolute honour to return for this momentous occasion – staying creative and independent in these times. You’ve come a long way, baby!"
YES! Our much anticipated Friday night headliner will be the one and only Fatboy Slim AKA Norman Cook. Norman was one of the very first headliners at the inaugural Bestival in 2004, so it’s a real coup to have him aboard HMS Bestival in his rightful place once again, helping to celebrate our spectacular tenth anniversary. Playing an exclusive set just for us, which he’s dubbed ‘*Fatboy Slim’s Bestival Birthday Bash*’, it’s guaranteed to be a monumental appearance, with outrageous onstage birthday party antics galore and some very special surprises which will be revealed on the night. Armed with an almost endless abundance of mega-hits from Everybody Needs A 303 to Star 69 (What The F*ck) and way beyond, you can expect the mother of all celebrations as the master of good-time party music throws down a large helping of epic goodness, like only he can.
You don’t want to miss this one it’s going to be a legendary 10th birthday. And what a 10 years it’s been, from just a few thousand people rocking out in 2004 to becoming the Best Major Festival winner in 2012, we certainly have come a long way baby! Staying true to our independent, boutique roots we’re playing with the big boys now and we promise a spectacle that’s not to be missed, it’s going to be the party of the year, so don’t miss out!
It’s full steam ahead for HMS Bestival. Roll on September!
- Bring Lionel Richie's Head to Bestival
- Southampton HMS Bestival Boat Party - Saturday 8th June
- The Bestival Take Over Tour with Propaganda
- More new live music & DJs added
- HMS Bestival sets sail to Ibiza for W.A.R!
- Fatboy Slim's Bestival Birthday Bash
- New Order: Live At Bestival 2012
- It's 'All Aboard The HMS Bestival' Party
- 'Replay with Rob da Bank' Returns
- Bestival Goes Cruising!